Kia Sportage: For safe four-wheel drive operation - Four wheel drive (4WD) - Driving your vehicle - Kia Sportage SL Owners ManualKia Sportage: For safe four-wheel drive operation

Third generation SL (20102016) / Kia Sportage SL Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Four wheel drive (4WD) / For safe four-wheel drive operation


Proceed with extreme caution when driving down steep hills. A slight change in the wheel angle can destabilize the vehicle. This can cause your vehicle to suddenly roll without warning and without time for you to regain control of your vehicle.


Reduce speed when you turn corners. The center of gravity of 4WD vehicles is higher than that of conventional 2WD vehicles, making them more likely to roll over when you turn corners too fast.

WARNING - Steering wheel

Do not grab the inside of the steering wheel when you are driving off-road. You may hurt your arm by a sudden steering maneuver or from steering wheel rebound due to impact with objects on the ground.

WARNING - Wind danger

Drive slow in heavy winds. The vehicle's higher center of gravity decreases your steering control capacity.

WARNING - Driving through water

Drive slowly. If you are driving too fast in water, the water can get into the engine compartment and wet the ignition system, causing your vehicle to suddenly stop. If this happens and your vehicle is in a tilted position, your vehicle may roll over.


WARNING - 4WD driving

Do not attempt quick steering maneuvers or sharp turns in 4WD mode. Such maneuvers increase the risk of rollover accidents. Rollover accidents are extremely violent and unpredictable.

CAUTION - Mud or snow

Do not run the engine continuously at high rmps to free the vehicle from snow or mud. Doing so could damage the 4WD system in your vehicle.

WARNING - Jacked vehicle

While the full-time 4WD vehicle is being raised on a jack, never start the engine or cause the tires to rotate.

There is the danger that rotating tires touching the ground could cause the vehicle to go off the jack and to jump forward.

1.Check the tire pressures recommended for your vehicle.
2.Place the front wheels on the roll tester for a speedometer test as shown in the illustration.
3.Release the parking brake.
4.Place the rear wheels on the temporary free roller as shown in the illustration.

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